Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian on trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, agreed to sell his house where the shooting occurred, his real estate agent said.
“We have accepted one of the bids and the transfer process is now under way,” broker Ansie Louw said by phone today. She declined to say how much was offered. Pistorius’s spokeswoman, Anneliese Burgess, confirmed the athlete had accepted an offer for the property in Silver Woods Country Estate, a gated community in Pretoria.
The property was valued at 5 million rand ($481,000), according to Pistorius’s bail-application statement from February last year. The 27-year-old had two other properties in east Pretoria worth about 1.6 million rand and a vacant piece of land in Langebaan, a coastal town 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Cape Town, according to the bail statement.
Pistorius shot Steenkamp three times on Valentine’s Day last year through a door in a bathroom next to his upstairs bedroom. He said he thought she was an intruder and has pleaded not guilty to murder in a trial currently taking place in South Africa’s capital.
Defense lawyer Barry Roux said on May 6 that he expects to conclude his case next week. The trial, which began on March 3, is being broadcast live on radio and television.
To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Spillane in Johannesburg at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at firstname.lastname@example.org Jeffrey St.Onge, Ross Larsen, Andrew Blackman